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Published June 1st 2014
Board the Steve Irwin
Image from Seaworks website
Many people have heard of the ship the Steve Irwin (named after famous wildlife conservationist and television personality Steve Irwin.)
Now there is a chance to board the Steve Irwin in Melbourne and experience what it would be like to be one of the crew members.
Both the Sea Shepherd group's ships Steve Irwin and Bob Barker are moored in Williamstown for repairs and a chance for a rest. The Bob Barker recently took a hit from a Japanese harpoon boat and has a huge dint on the starboard side, which will be repaired while it is moored.
Some of the crew have been involved with 12 years of anti-whaling campaigning, in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean.The crew are all volunteers and campaigns involve spending three months at a time often in rough seas.
The tour lasts about 30 minutes, including a five minute video about the Sea Shepherd and some of her campaigns.
You can also sister ships but with names like Bob Barker we should probably forget that ships are normally called she and refer to them as brothers.
The Bob Barker is named after American television game show host and animal rights activist Bob Barker, who donated $5 million to the Sea Shepherd Foundation to purchase the ship. While the Sam Simon -is named after the co-creator and executive producer of "The Simpsons," who has been a longtime champion of animal rights..
These ships are part of the Sea Shepherd fleet that defend and protect world's marine wildlife. They have recently returned from their most successful Whale Defence Campaign against the Japanese Whaling Industry yet.
The boats will be there until July. Free Sea Shepherd ship tours are being held every Sunday from noon to 4pm at Seaworks, 2 Ann St, while the ships are in dock.
You can come along and show your support and find out more about what this important organisation is trying to achieve. Tours are free.
There is a table with merchandise such as literature and t-shirts, hats and water bottles if anyone is interested.